Hypoxemic arrests due to severe traumatic pulmonary injury may not respond to usual medical support. Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) can be life-saving; adequate flows are needed in this setting along with a careful choice of anticoagulation strategies to minimize bleeding. A 44-month-old child, who presented with severe blunt chest trauma after being run over by a truck was resuscitated with active compressions and code medications 7 times before arrival to the intensive care unit. Failure to adequately oxygenate led to an unconventional approach with cannulations of the right atrium (RA) and pulmonary artery (PA) via sternotomy. Anticoagulation regimen started after bleeding had slowed down with active transfusion of blood products and consisted of low-dose heparin and alprostadil infusions for the initial 48 hours. Heparin was adjusted per institutional guidelines thereafter. Physiologically veno-venous central approach enabled fast stabilization due to full oxygenation without recirculation. Additionally, the dual anticoagulation regimen was safe for circuit maintenance. The described method can be considered in small children with similar risks and conditions.